Heat loss a main culprit for high energy bills

Feb 23 2011

Heat loss is one of the main culprits of high energy bills, due in part to leaky windows.
Heat loss is one of the main culprits of high energy bills, due in part to leaky windows.
The winter presents a host of challenges for homeowners, and heat loss is one of the preventable problems that can be solved with the appropriate window treatments. The hot and cold air lost from leaky windows can account for between 10 to 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill, according to GreenBuildingElements.com.

There are a variety of ways to cut down on heat loss during the winter. A preventative measure to consider is to use heavy-duty clear plastic tape or plastic film on the inside of the window frames. With the addition of a tight seal, you will can help cut down on your energy loss.

Curtains and window shades are the most effective and decorative option to stave off heat loss. Keep your curtains and shades closed during the evening and leave them open during the day to let natural light filter in. New windows are another option, as current tax credits may make energy-efficient windows a reality for homeowners.

The best way to keep your home insulated is with honeycomb cellular shades. These durable products are available in single or double cell variants and come in a variety of colors to suit your interior design.  
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